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Gardai hurt as car is rammed

TWO gardai have been hurt and seven people were arrested in operations aimed at crossborder criminal gangs.

The two gardai suffered minor injuries when their car was rammed as they tried to stop copper thieves at an Eircom depot at Bridgend, Co Donegal.

They were discharged from Letterkenny General Hospital yesterday.

Three juveniles were arrested, with one needing treatment for injuries caused in the crash.

Afghan prisons torture probe

AFGHAN authorities are still torturing prisoners with acts such as hanging them by their wrists and beating them with cables, the United Nations said.

The latest UN report shows little progress in curbing the abuse.

The report also cites instances where Afghan authorities tried to hide mistreatment. In detention centres, authorities leave detainees hanging from the ceiling by their wrists, beat them with cables and administer electric shocks, the report said.

Rebel kidnap gang captured

AUTHORITIES in Colombia have captured three suspected rebels who formed part of the group that kidnapped five gold prospectors.

President Juan Manuel Santos said two of the alleged National Liberation Army rebels were minors and had been sent to the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare.

While the kidnapped prospectors -- a Canadian, two Peruvians and two Colombians -- are still in rebel hands, Mr Santos said the three suspects belonged to the group that carried out the abduction on Friday.

News veteran Walters in fall

VETERAN US newswoman Barbara Walters fell at an inauguration party in Washington and is in hospital.

Walters (83) fell on Saturday night at the residence of the British ambassador.

Walters went to a hospital for treatment of a cut on her forehead.

She was alert and was "telling everyone what to do, which we all take as a very positive sign," said ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider.